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A Visit With Shmuel: A Purim Celebration

We celebrated Purim last week and I filmed this on that day, in my own community of Zufim, enabling you to share my wonderful holiday with me. If you could not celebrate Purim in a Jewish community, then this is certainly the next best thing. Please join me as we celebrate Purim in Zufim.

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A Visit With Shmuel: A Terror Update from Judea & Samaria

Usually, we post a video about life in a particular community in Judea and Samaria, but we cannot do so this time. Unfortunately, over the last couple of months, our lives have been in danger on a consistent basis as we have sustained countless terror attacks all over the Biblical Heartland.

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A Visit With Shmuel: Avigayil

Located in a predominantly barren region in the Hebron Hills, Avigayil is surrounded on all sides by hostile Arab villages, including the large city of Yatta. The community was established in 2001, during the height of the Second Intifada, by a small group of incredibly courageous pioneers committed to defending their Biblical inheritance.

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A Visit With Shmuel: Bat Ayin

I traveled to the beautiful Judean Hills to visit Bat Ayin, a small, very spiritual community located among the rugged hills just outside Gush Etzion. This community was established with one goal in mind: to create a purely God-centered life in a natural environment, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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A Visit With Shmuel: Bekaot

This month, I visited the community of Bekaot, a small agricultural moshav in the Jordan Valley, actually on the Samaria foothills just above the Jordan Valley. What a beautiful place!

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A Visit With Shmuel: Bet Yatir

I am excited to introduce the first installment of my new series, A Visit with Shmuel, a virtual 360° look at Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. Join me for an exclusive visit to Bet Yatir – a religious moshav in the Judean Desert, just south of Hebron

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A Visit with Shmuel: Einav

I was supposed to go to Einav on Tu B’Shvat and film their tree-planting ceremony, sponsored by you, our CFOIC Heartland donors and friends. But then Israel was plunged into lockdown and my visit had to be cancelled. So when life opened up again, I took the first opportunity to visit Einav and it was a fabulous day indeed.

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A Visit With Shmuel: Eshkolot

This is my first visit to Eshkolot in many years and it has grown in leaps and bounds. Of course, I would prefer to take you to Eshkolot in person and introduce you to these dedicated, wonderful pioneers. But until then, join me for this virtual tour and get a sense of this inspiring community in the Hebron Hills.

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A Visit With Shmuel: Gevaot

In this episode, I drop by the village of Gevaot, a community of forty families in the hills of Gush Etzion. The people of Gevaot are truly modern-day pioneers who dedicate their lives to creating a thriving utopian community.

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A Visit With Shmuel: Givat Hanan

Givat Hanan represents the pioneering spirit in Judea and Samaria. Two years ago, in response to the increasing number of Arabs encroaching on Jewish land in the area, eleven young families, dedicated to protecting the Jewish claim to the land of their ancestors established a new neighborhood of Sussya.

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A Visit With Shmuel: Karnei Shomron

One of the things that distinguishes Nofei Nechemiah from so many other communities is the fact that it was established by young people who themselves had grown up in Judea and Samaria and wanted to continue the pioneering life-style and values of their parents.

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A Visit With Shmuel: Mevo Dotan

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Mevo Dotan in Northern Samaria and actually felt like I was witnessing a miracle. This is a community that was founded back in the 80’s with great views and good people. But then came the Second Intifada and life came crashing down.

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A Visit With Shmuel: Migdalim

I love visiting the community of Migdalim. Boasting 360° of breathtaking views of the Samarian Hills, green agricultural lands, and the Jordan Valley, Migdalim has always captured my heart. Join me in this episode, as I visit Migdalim, a vibrant, growing community in Samaria, tagged as Samaria’s Capital for Young People.

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A Visit With Shmuel: Netafim

Just before Israel celebrated its 75th Independence Day, I had the pleasure of visiting the community of Kiryat Netafim in Samaria. As we drove through the neighborhoods, I encountered a heartwarming display of the residents’ pride and love for their homeland, as every balcony was adorned with Israeli flags and blue and white garlands.

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A Visit With Shmuel: Nofei Nehemiah

One of the things that distinguishes Nofei Nechemiah from so many other communities is the fact that it was established by young people who themselves had grown up in Judea and Samaria and wanted to continue the pioneering life-style and values of their parents.

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A Visit With Shmuel: Nofim

I am excited to share my recent tour of the community of Nofim. Even though it is located right across the valley from our office in Karnei Shomron, I had never actually visited it before. In Hebrew, Nofim means views and I was curious to find out if reality matched the hype. And let me tell you, it absolutely did!

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A Visit With Shmuel: Ofra

This month, I visited the community of Ofra, one of the original Jewish communities in Samaria. What began as a workers camp grew into the first modern Jewish community north of Jerusalem.

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A Visit With Shmuel: Otniel

The people of Otniel are united in their dedication to Biblical values and Bible study, with a large number of residents working as educators in several local Bible institutions and raising the next generation of religious pioneers.

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A Visit With Shmuel: Rechalim

Rechalim represents to me, more than anything else, is incredible bravery in the face of enormous security challenges. In this film, I show how Arab homes are located so close to the local kindergarten and how a concrete wall had to be erected to protect the children from Arab snipers.

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A Visit With Shmuel: Rechan

Today, I want to share with you my recent visit to Rechan, a lovely community in Northern Samaria. This community is located in the center of Biblical and historical Israel and today it is a lovely oasis of Jewish life.

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A Visit With Shmuel: Revava

Join me now, as I enter Revava…  The fall holidays are upon us and that leaves us very little time in between the holidays. So I was particularly excited to get in a visit to

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